Moving to another country is one of the most rewarding things you can ever do, it gives you a new perspective on life, helps you to understand people, places, and cultures that are different from your own and tests your limits and boundaries. Without these life-shaping experiences, both the good and the bad, You get the chance to grow and become a different person. When the concept of moving to another country is brought up, many people find it hard to prepare accordingly. We want to provide you with these 8 tips on how to prepare when moving to another country including what to do before, during and after the relocation.
Make sure you get some work experience and qualifications
Unless you are moving for work or already have a job lined up, when you move to another country, you are going to want to put yourself in a position where you’re as attractive as possible to employers. You could head off with no experience and no skills, but chances are you will find yourself working in roles that do not pay as well, never mind allow you to travel a bit and give you a sense of accomplishment. Do whatever you can to extend the length of your resume, take courses, work a job, say yes to that managerial role, do the out of hours work, all so that your options are better when you get there. Although job hunting can still be a pain, having a few different experiences and qualifications can make it a lot easier to get your foot in the door at job interviews.
Save some money
This is possibly a very obvious tip, but saving money is the one thing you need to do so that you can have the freedom to go and live somewhere else. That is if you want to do it without a persistent feeling of doom and a rock in the pit of your stomach until the point you get a steady source of income. Starting a new life can be expensive, from having to organize a new house to funding your coffee habit so as a basic rule, try to save at least three months of your salary so you can give yourself a nice buffer. This buffer will probably mean giving up on nice clothes and dinners with friends for a short while, but your move overseas is worth it.
Decide on which country you want to go to
There are so many choices when it comes to where you can go, at this point the world is your oyster. A few things that you should think about when choosing which country to relocate to are where you can go that will support your interests and field? Look for vacancies in your profession. How easy would it be to move to the country? What is the climate in the country like? What is the medical system like? How long are you going to stay in the country?
How easy it is to get a visa and what part of the country?
Get your visa and make sure your documents are up to date
Visas are obviously one of the most significant barriers to being able to move to a country, and taking care of that at the start is the key to a happy trip. Do some research about countries that your home country has reciprocal arrangements with. Some countries have reciprocal agreements with many other countries which allow people to take a working holiday, which enables them not to be tied to a single employer, this is the best scenario. On the other hand, if the place you want to go does not have any such arrangements, lots of people find the best way to live in a country is to get sponsored by their employer. This is difficult on a large variety of levels, depending on the country, where you come from and what field you work in so it is worth it to check it out before you go to the country. Many people in this situation travel to the country as tourists and take the opportunity to look around for jobs while they are there, and then reenter the country after they get their visa. If you reside in Europe or if you have multiple citizenships you will have more options.
Visit the country you plan to move to
Nothing is better than taking a quick trip to the country you are thinking of moving to as a way to crystallize your plans and help you decide if you want to move there at all and if you do, where should you live? Where should you work? Etc.
Thoroughly research the country you are moving to
Once you know the country you want to relocate to, the next step is to understand all that you can from a distance about what you need to know in order to live there. Do some research online about the country and all you need to do to prepare. This includes local customs, cities, regions, languages, and laws. Naturally, online forums are a great way to hear directly from people about their experiences. However, you shouldn’t take them at their word as, usually, it is the people who have had the worst experiences who spend the most of their time on these forums.
Start looking for a job
This is another obvious tip and is something that you should start doing before you move. That said, it is our experience it is not that easy to get a job when you are far away. Unless you are in an extremely sought after profession or you know the people, mostly, employers want to see you in person before they give you the opportunity. However, there’s nothing like getting experiencing your industry than emailing job advertisements or linking up with recruiters. If you work in a creative sector, finding and following companies on social media that you wish to work for is a great to way stay up to date.
Make some contacts and build connections
In this day and age, it is very easy to find out if you already know someone who lives in the country you are moving to, simply have a look around on Facebook and ask your friends. Although arranging to meet people online is part and parcel of relocating somewhere else, it can be a bit awkward, there is nothing you will appreciate more than tips from a resident about which areas to live in and how to go about setting up. And you never know, maybe you will make some new friends?
With these 8 tips on how to prepare when moving to another country, we hope that you are more prepared to tackle your international relocation. But above all remember that we are always at your disposal, and you can always contact our representatives, and we can answer any questions you may have and can advise you further.